Freedom and Fugitivity foregrounds geographies and subjectivities of dispossession and displacement, reimagining flight and refusal as the making of alternative futures.

Sanctuary Shorts

Sanctuary Shorts is a conceptual conversation with distinguished scholars whose work unravels the logics of racial capitalism, thereby enacting radically different humanisms and liberatory worlds of political being. Filmed in the time of global pandemic, these conversations are meant to bring us together as communities of inquiry. Meant to circulate widely in worlds of freedom struggle and teaching, each Sanctuary Short is accompanied by a toolkit, including syllabus of readings, a playlist, and guided questions.

Watch Enclosure: Geographies of Refusal, a conversation with Tina Campt, Camilla A. Hawthorne, Saree Makdisi, Dylan Rodriguez, Audra Simpson, and Rinaldo Walcott.

Spring 2021 Public Programs

Queer Migrant Futures: Joy, Kinship, and Soul-based Connection

Convened on May 21, 2021

Freedom and Fugitivity – Saidiya Hartman in conversation with Aisha K. Finch, Sarah Haley, Tiffany Lethabo King, Kyle Mays

Convened on June 11, 2021

Spring 2021 Virtual Residency: James Crosby

James Crosby is an artist whose practice involves retelling stories and histories through the remaking of historical and culturally dense objects. These remade objects – the hoodie, the civil-war era gum blanket, Garret Morgan’s breathing good, “the African mask” – become both tools and disruptions used to retell and dismantle, make and unmake. The objects Crosby recreates share a common context of being created or used by Black bodies in struggle. His practice of reinterpreting and remaking these objects by hand opens conceptual space, visual space, into the racialized histories embedded in these objects, allowing Crosby to reimagine stories of embodied struggle, fugitivity, and ultimately freedom (in the making).

James Crosby’s work has been exhibited across the United States, Europe, and Mexico, and is held in the permanent collection in the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

James Crosby